Blog

My running commentary on events: local, national, and international. Areas of special interest include Israel, Iraq, and dissidents in the Muslim world.

Huck Touches a Nerve

July 30, 2015

by Heather Robinson

Mike Huckabee set off a firestorm this week when he declared, of President Obama’s deal with Iran, “He would take Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven.”

Huckabee has received blowback from a range of...

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In Times Square, 10,000 rally to stop Iran

July 23, 2015

by Heather Robinson

An estimated 10,000 people turned out in Times Square Wednesday evening for a rally to protest President Obama’s deal with Iran. Many demonstrators carried signs addressing Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), whose vote many analysts...

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Dark day for Israel and the world?

July 14, 2015

by Heather Robinson

Today negotiators reached a much-anticipated deal aimed at reining in Iran’s nuclear program.

This agreement, the result of two years of negotiations on the part of the U.S. and others in the international community, allows Iran to...

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Simon Deng on Day 40 of Hunger Strike to Save South Sudan

June 24, 2015

by Heather Robinson

Today, The New York Times at last ran a cover story on the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. Here in New York City, Simon Deng, escaped slave and human rights advocate, continues his hunger strike. He is now on Day 40 with no solid food and...

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Soul of America hurts today

June 18, 2015

by Heather Robinson

Today the vicious and cowardly mass shooter who killed nine people at a prayer meeting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. was arrested.

To call what this lowlife did vicious, evil, and cowardly would of course be an...

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Look at the Cuteness

June 7, 2015

by Heather Robinson

…and strength of this beautiful horse! The first triple crown winner in 37 years, American Pharoah won the third race in the Triple Crown tonight in the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York.

The fact that tonight’s win comes after 37...

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Do Black Lives Matter?

June 1, 2015

by Heather Robinson

Simon Deng on Day 18 of Hunger Strike to Save South Sudan

He is a free man now, and he’s determined to use that freedom to stir President Obama to “save the lives of untold millions of Africans” who are in danger of dying in Southern...

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Hunger Striker Finishes Day 15 to Save South Sudan

May 29, 2015

by Heather Robinson

Simon Deng, escaped slave and human rights activist, is finishing Day 15 of his hunger strike to save South Sudan.

“I’m feeling all right; the body is not here but the spirit is strong,” he told me today.

Deng, 55, has not...

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Escaped Slave Calls On President Obama to Speak Out, Halt Violence in South Sudan

May 22, 2015

by Heather Robinson

Sudanese-American human rights activist Simon Deng is entering day seven of his hunger strike to petition President Obama to act in order to “save the lives of untold multitudes of Africans and their country … South Sudan,” according to an...

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Why New York Women Wish They Lived in the ‘Mad Men’ Era

May 15, 2015

by Heather Robinson

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From The New York Post

The final episode of AMC’s “Mad Men” this Sunday heralds the end of a TV era. The show’s seven seasons covered the turbulent decade from 1960 until 1970, dramatizing changing styles and social mores in the...

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